Nextups and throwbacks: CULT

Booking one of our favourite producers to play in manchester is always a sure-fire way to feature on the site. Step forward CULT, which has booked Max Graef to appear at Primrose St later this month…

“CULT represents the underground subculture of electronic dance music. It’s secretive and mysterious. It’s not something that will ever grace the mainstream; it’s intentionally hidden away, only to be found by those who truly seek it. We’re music snobs and we’re proud of it. We know people will like what we play, even if the artist or song isn’t well known. They might not even know why they like it, but by the end of the night they’ll only be asking themselves one question – ‘Where on earth can I hear that music again?’.

We’re looking to try our hand at day parties later on in 2016 but until then, we will focus on throwing more CULT house parties and continuing to build our relationships with Pangaea Festival and Below the Surface.”


  • Nick Holder – ‘A Word From Mr. Prince’ [T.T.C, 1999]
    You hear a lot about house music being rooted in Chicago, but what about Toronto? The city was home to Nick Holder, whose jazz-infused house has inspired artists across the world. If Max Graef doesn’t play this at our party, we sure will!
  • Âme – ‘Life Changes’ [Sonar Kollektiv, 2003]
    A lot has changed for Innervisions duo ‘Âme’ since their debut album on Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv. Warm and funky, with hints of the more sophisticated and emotion-heavy sound of their later years, this is deep house at its absolute finest.
  • Kingpin Cartel – ‘Ghetto’ [Pure Plastic, 2006]
    Techno legend Mark Broom brings the funk alongside CJ Baker in this feel good banger. Brought to our attention by Bicep, then repressed on Innervisions’ ‘Secret Weapons’ EP, it’s one of our all-time favourites here at CULT. Absolute belter.
  • Basement Jaxx – ‘Fly Life Extra’ [Rotate, 1997]
    Until recently, we had been searching for this weapon ever since we heard Pan-Pot drop it at Watergate back in 2012. Denis Sulta jogged our memory last week at Joshua Brooks and, with the help of the Identification of Music Group, it’s now in our collection. But never in a million years did we expect it to be a Basement Jaxx track!
  • Sha’Lor – ‘I’m in Love’ (Remix) [Deconstruction, 1989]
    In our eyes, this is THE perfect closing track. Sexy vocals, beautiful chords and a ridiculously catchy bassline… We too, are in love.


  • Chaos in the CBD – ‘Observe’ [Rhythm Section, 2015]
    The whole ‘Midnight in Peckham’ EP’s great, but this is our pick; a lovely jazzy piece from our favourite London-based New Zealanders, Chaos in the CBD, and out on Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section imprint.
  • Alex Seidel – ‘Boogie Down Sessions’ [Money $ex, 2015]
    Max Graef and Glenn Astro’s ‘Money $ex Records’ is one of the hottest labels in the industry right now and this forthcoming release from Alex Seidel looks set to be another sellout. Deep, warm and sample-heavy house music. Look out for the vinyl in our ‘Like and Share’ competition on Facebook.
  • Big Miz – ‘Good Thing’ [Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, 2015]
    Another label doing bits right now is Glasgow-based ‘Dixon Avenue Basement Jams’. A sleazy banger that’s perfect for those dingy Fallowfield basement parties.
  • Nick Höppner – ‘Relate’ (The Black Madonna Remix) [Ostgut Ton, 2015]
    We’d been bracing ourselves for the next ‘Berghain Belter’ ever since we first caught wind of The Black Madonna’s plans to remix Nick Höppner, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Stomping stuff on the club’s own label ‘Ostgut Ton’.
  • Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas & Henrik Schwarz – ‘Eye Nyam Nam ‘A’ Mensuro’ (Henrik Schwarz Blend) [Strut, 2015]
    Having witnessed the track firsthand in his standout live sets, we’ve struggled to contain our excitement for Henrik Schwarz’s new, feel good, afro-house bomb. It’s a beautiful track and takes us back to the amazing sunsets we enjoyed in Barcelona this summer.

CULT host Max Graef at 1 Primrose St on 14th November 2015. 

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